THE COLUMBINE FLOWER

BLUE COLUMBINE
BLUE COLUMBINE
BLUE COLUMBINE
BLUE COLUMBINE

The Columbines are blooming. It is amazing how many different colored ones there are in just my area here in northern Arizona. Columbine wildflowers are common at higher elevations, usually above 7000 feet. They area a hardy and drought resistant plant found in desert, woodland and meadow areas in the northern hemisphere. There are approximately 65 species worldwide. Columbines are a food source to many bugs and birds including caterpillars, butterflies, moths, sphinx  moths, bumblebees, and hummingbirds.

In the study of evolution, columbines seem to each have specific pollinators. For example, bees and hummingbirds prefer the Crimson Columbine while sphinx moth chooses to visit the Sierra Columbine. This adaptation is due to flower traits such as color, shape, size, odor, and orientation.

CRIMSON COLUMBINE
CRIMSON COLUMBINE
MAGPIE COLUMBINE
MAGPIE COLUMBINE
GOLDEN COLUMBINE
GOLDEN COLUMBINE

More columbine info here: WHAT ARE ALL THOSE YELLOW FLOWERS?

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